Striking Novotel Hotel Workers Set Forth Their Requirements

Striking Novotel hotel workers say they’ll be back on the picket lines Friday — but only until the G20 opens later in the day.

Then, says union steward Rik Hockley, the 80 striking employees will go back to work. The union’s decision to picket from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday came after its request to resume bargaining Thursday night was turned down by the hotel, which wanted striking employees to return to work Friday morning and resume bargaining Saturday, Toronto Star reports.

"Our motive, our agenda is not to strike for the G20, to hold the city hostage," Rik Hockley, a banquet server and bargaining committee member said, as strikers chanted behind him. "We don't want it to affect our guests."

"At the same time, the media from around the world is here, so it's another venue for us to show our frustration, to show the world, the head office back in France that this is how your company is treating workers in North America.", Reuters informs.

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